Baits- wasp grubs were they "farmed"

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Baits- wasp grubs were they "farmed"

Post by Tonkin Wand » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:00 pm

All the prewar fishing books refer to the sale and use of wasp grubs as bait. Does anyone know how these were obtained ? Did brave souls undertake to remove them from wild nests , were they farmed as gentles were ? Does anyone have first hand knowledge of using wasp grubs or perhaps they were spoken of to them by mentors !!! An area of the past now lost or is it ? Tony :Confused:

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Re: Baits- wasp grubs were they "farmed"

Post by Barbelseeker » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:33 pm

Wasp nests were always dug up from the wild. It was common to use cymag or carbontetrochoride ( dry cleaning fluid) to send kill the adult flying wasps, 2 tablespoons of fluid last thing at night, close the hole with soil, and revisit the next morning and dig up. Cymag, was quite dangerous.

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Re: Baits- wasp grubs were they "farmed"

Post by Barbelseeker » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:37 pm

:Cursing: Remember that 60 years ago there were a lot more orchards and fruit trees, now only new housing estates. :Angry:

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Re: Baits- wasp grubs were they "farmed"

Post by Northern_Nomad » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:51 pm

Tha late Jim Heaps was known as the wasp grub king. He won many matches in the 60’s and 70’s ‘on the grub’. He was the father of Ian Heaps who later became world Match Champion.

Jim always had a bit of an unfair advantage in fishing with wasp grubs - he was the councils rat catcher ( today’s title would be pest control manager or technician), and had a ready supply of the grubs due to his day to day work clearing them out. He was a top class angler, many would say better than his more famous son.

I know of no ‘farming’ being done though, certainly not from the 60’s onward and neverheard of it prior.
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Re: Baits- wasp grubs were they "farmed"

Post by John Harding » Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:52 pm

Hell T.W.

I have collected wasp nests and used the grubs and the nest for fishing and had one of my best ever chub catches float fishing the grubs on the River Roden in North Shropshire. The method I used was to put some wasp killer powder, ( you can buy from d.i.y. stores or garden centres), at the entrance to the nest and then go back the next morning and dig the nest out.

The first time I used it I was a bit naïve and did not mix the nest cake properly and when I threw it in the river it floated on the surface instead of sinking as I expected it to do. To my surprize though about twenty yards further down from where I was fishing the chub were coming up and taking the pieces of the nest off the top.

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Re: Baits- wasp grubs were they "farmed"

Post by Chubman » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:53 pm

rag soaked in desiel we used, got stung quite a few times, well worth it as the dace loved them

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Re: Baits- wasp grubs were they "farmed"

Post by Match Aerial » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:20 pm

Yes they were often for sale ,if you spoke to the right people. If you made your draw and it was a good chub peg you could ask around and buy a good nest before the start of the match. It's a deadly bait for Chub and very big trout.

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